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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Godwin Emefiele" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 04:45:49 -0800

From The Desk Of Godwin Emefiele
The new Executive Governor
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
Dear Sir/Madam
I am delighted to contact you on a private note based on your unclaim
contract/inheritance funds which has been approved and programmed for
payment to you. I sincerely apologize to you for the delay in
releasing these payment to you, which was caused by past predecessors
Prof Carles Soludo and my immediate predecessor Mr Sanusi Lamido the
former governor of central bank of Nigeria due to the breach of
agreement between him Sanusi Lamido and your so called partners in
Nigeria who introduced you into the business.
Your Nigerian partners approached Sanusi Lamido that they want to
present you as the beneficiary of this fund as a result of an
OVER-INVOICE payment made when transferring contract/inheritance funds
into our various contractors bank accounts abroad. So after the
negotiation, your so called partner in Nigeria unanimously agreed that
they will give Sanusi Lamido the sum of USD400,000.00 (CASH) on
acceptance to assist them to transfer the fund into your account.
When Sanusi Lamido accepted the offer, they forwarded all your banking
particulars to him for onward transfer of the funds. Immediately he
made some fruitful effort on the business and demanded for his
USD400,000.00 as agreed. Your partners deviated from the agreement and
decided to go through the International Remittance Department at his
back and make a change of some vital documents in other to disappoint
him and you also not knowing that the International remittance
Department is also under his control. unaware to your partners the
International Remittance Department informed Sanusi Lamido of their
evil plans and he made their illicit efforts abortive.
That is why you have been pursing this payment, spending unnecessary
funds to some fraudulent individuals and impostors in Nigeria who
claimed to be in charge for releasing your funds. Though they now
parade themselves as staffs and managements of various banks, some
even claim to be a Barrister of different kind and some also go as far
as claim staffs of the Central bank Of Nigeria, they are all deceiving
them selves and will not be able to get the fund out of the Central
Bank for you.
I want to re-emphasis to you that the fund of which you are the
rightful beneficiary as acclaimed, is still intact with CBN and under
my control as the new governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Now
with deep soul of my heart I want to enter into real business with you
in a sincere agreement since your partners have disappointed you and
the fund is still floating in your name waiting for a proper
documentation and claim.
1. On agreement, I assured you with all my heart that I will transfer
the funds USD35.9 Million into your account. (Thirty Five Million,
Nine Hundred Thousand US Dollars) that is the original sum, not
previous as mentioned by your so called partners.
2. You will assure me of keeping my dealings with you to an utmost
secrecy and confidential because of my position in the government.
3. You will promise to give me 30% of the total fund as soon as the
fund gets into your account with a written promissory note signed by
4. I will assist you in making a proper legal documentation to make
your claim genuine as a bona-fide foreign beneficiary to the said
5. You are to Re-forward to me your contact address, phone and fax
number, along with an account where you would like the fund to be
transferred, if possible a virgin account.
I am also aware that some fraudulent individuals have been
impersonating this office to contact you and other beneficiary as
reported by the Central Bank of Nigeria security department.
Henceforth, I advice you to suspend any further dealings with Sanusi
Lamido and as well from any group of person(s) either from the CBN or
any other financial institution from Nigeria or overseas that might be
contacting you in this purpose and endeavor to keep this information
confidential until we finalize this transaction to avoid them using it
as an advantage to scam you again or even make you lose your money.
Also on no account should you contact these partners any more, this is
for my own safety and for the security of the funds. Because they will
not get this fund and also on no account should you let them know of
my contact with you.
Please reply this message urgently for further details.
Thanks for adhering to this instruction.
I await your favorable response.
God bless you.
Mr. Godwin I. Emefiele
The new Executive Governor
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

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